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Understanding Population Health

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As the U.S. healthcare system continues to undergo transformation, population health provides a mechanism to improve the health outcomes of a group of individuals while providing high-quality, efficient and cost-effective care. Diabetes care and education specialists are perfectly positioned to manage population health services, offering a broad spectrum of services which have the potential to reduce the overall economic burden of diabetes to both the individual and healthcare system.


Population Health: The Diabetes Care and Education Specialist’s Evolving Role

Published in The Diabetes Educator, August 2019: By using the population health approach, tapping into the quality improvement infrastructure at their respective organizations, and becoming aware of their organizations’ performance of the population level diabetes measures, diabetes care and education specialists can identify and position themselves as the experts who can help improve the system’s diabetes quality measures.

Key points addressed in this paper:

1) Diabetes care and education specialists are essential clinical diabetes specialists and they must be active policy-makers and providers in order to support the population health model.

2) The focus on the Quadruple Aim and the shift away from fee-for-service to value-based care is intended to have a positive impact on a person’s quality of care and satisfaction. It is also creating an opportunity for diabetes care and education specialists to re-evaluate and expand their services to demonstrate their value. 

3) Diabetes care and education specialists must stay informed. By using the population health approach, tapping into the quality improvement infrastructure at their respective organizations, and becoming aware of their organizations’ performance relating to population-level diabetes measures, they can identify and position themselves as the experts who can help improve the system’s diabetes quality measures.

4) Diabetes care and education specialists are at a turning point. They have an opportunity to position themselves as diabetes specialists for diabetes management, education, and care delivery.

5) While the term population health may be new to many diabetes care and education specialists, it is something that many are already immersed in and using to show their value to employers and health systems.


PROJECT VISION & Population Health

Diabetes care and education specialists should be addressing both the clinical and self-management aspect of care, providing the person with diabetes a more holistic and seamless experience. This is at the heart of PROJECT VISION, AADE’s new vision for the specialty of diabetes education.


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Population Health: What, Why and How? 

What can you do to integrate population health into the future of your practice? 2019 ADCES President Karen Kemmis looks at each PROJECT VISION pillar through a population health lens.


Education For Your Practice

Recorded Webinar: AADE's Vision of the Future for the Specialty Offers Opportunities to Ride the Population Health Wave

The population health framework has provided an enormous opportunity for diabetes specialists to better define and expand their roles, as well as drive positive disease outcomes. Guided by lower costs, improved individual and provider experience, and improved outcomes, the Quadruple Aim has provided the wave of a life time for diabetes specialists to expand their services beyond traditional DSMES and take a greater role in healthcare delivery and disease outcomes. ADCES' vision of the future for the specialty embraces these identified opportunities. Diabetes specialists should study the surf, learn the undercurrents and have the courage to ride the wave. 1 CE hour

Recorded Webinar: Population Health: Putting it Into Practice

We know diabetes care and education specialists provide value to the management and education of those with diabetes. ADCES recently held a population health summit and published a perspectives in practice paper in TDE. As we look at heath care's transition from cost-based care to value-based care we will provide the framework on how educators could be changing their practice. Case studies by RN, RD and PharmD will be highlighted to provide examples of how diabetes care and education specialists have put this framework into action. 1 CE hour


ADCES in Practice ArticlesA I P cover

Population Health: A New Frontier for Diabetes Care and Education Specialists
Miriam Tucker
First Published July 1, 2019

Population Health: Integration of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists and Care Coordinators in Addressing the Care Gap
Sara Reece, PharmD, CDE, BC-ADM, BCACP, FAADE; Cheryl Williams, RN, CDE; Victoria Trusty, LPN; Ektaa Brahmbhatt, PharmD Candidate 2019
First Published July 1, 2019

Population Health: It’s What We Do! An Educator’s Perspective
Kellie Rodriguez, RN, MSN, MBA, CDE
First Published July 1, 2019

A Patient-Centered DSME Model of Care Incorporating the Triple Aim
Jana Beckering, RN; Dawn McCarter, MS, RN, CDE
First Published July 1, 2019

Population Health: Embrace It or Risk Losing Your Job
Teresa Pearson, MS, RN, CDE, FAADE
First Published July 1, 2019

Population Health: What, Why and How
Karen Kemmis, PT, RN, DPT, MS, GCS, CDE, FAADE
First Published July 1, 2019

Population Health: Lean Into it
Teresa Pearson, MS, RN, CDE, FAADE
First Published June 25, 2018


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